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Posted August 16, 2012
Cora Flash is a curious and witty eleven-year-old girl, who in the first
book of the series, Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar, must solve
the mystery of the missing gem. Despite her age, Cora doesn’t rely on
anyone else to give her answers—she seeks them out herself, and in doing
so, makes friends for life, such as Abby, a college-age girl who is a
whiz at research and a fantastic friend, and Calvin, a silly puppy who
will do anything to keep Cora safe and help her solve mysteries. In the
first novel, Cora is on the way to visit her uncle Andre in the town of
Topaz Mountain. She’s on her first train ride alone when the diamond
goes missing from another passenger’s luggage, and from there, it’s
nothing but Cora trying to figure out what happened and why. I don’t
want to spoil the ending, but if you’re looking for a book to enjoy with
your young ones, think Cora Flash! She’s the next Nancy Drew, the new
Boxcar Child, and in league with the best mystery-solving children to
date! The second novel, Cora Flash and the Mystery at Topaz Mountain,
picks up after the first, so the sense of continuity is strong.
Personally, I hope to see this continue with the rest of the series. At
Topaz Mountain and her uncle’s hotel, a ghost is causing problems!
Meanwhile, a nasty man is trying to buy out Uncle Andre’s land so he can
build a strip mall and super highway. Even with the help of Abby and
Calvin, can Cora save her family’s hotel and keep her uncle from
selling? Who the heck is this ghost anyway? And how many flavors of ice
cream can Cora really love before she gets tired of weird flavors, like
popcorn and s’mores? I rate the Cora Flash series five stars. Why?
Because it’s fantastic, fun to read, and keeps everyone interested. Your
children will love it, and even if you don’t have kids (like me), you’ll
enjoy Cora’s loving character and how responsible she is.